Direct and Indirect Objects Exercise (233)

Decide if the word in boldface is a direct object or an indirect object.

  • The construction engineer built his granddaughter a really elaborate tree house.

  • While he was in jail, his mother baked him chocolate cookies at least once a month.

  • The CEO of Fiat offered the boy from Little Rock a tour of the plant at Turin.

  • Red Riding hood carried her grandmother a basket filled with bread, cheese, and wine.

  • The king said he would grant the prisoner one more wish.

Answers and Explanations

1. The construction engineer built his granddaughter a really elaborate tree house.

Correct: indirect object
The engineer built the tree house (direct object) FOR his granddaughter (indirect object). The house receives the action of built directly; the granddaughter, indirectly.

2. While he was in jail, his mother baked him chocolate cookies at least once a month.

Correct: direct object
The cookies receive the action of the verb baked directly; the mother baked the cookies FOR her son; the indirect object is him.

3. The CEO of Fiat offered the boy from Little Rock a tour of the plant at Turin.

Correct: direct object
The tour is the direct object of the verb offered. The indirect object is boy; the tour was offered TO the boy.

4. Red Riding hood carried her grandmother a basket filled with bread, cheese, and wine.

Correct: indirect object
Red Riding Hood carried a basket (direct object) TO her grandmother (indirect object).

5. The king said he would grant the prisoner one more wish.

Correct: direct object
Wish receives the action of the verb grant directly. The wish is granted TO the prisoner. Prisoner is the indirect object.

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